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>> kim davis is free! >> o'donnell: the clerk who refused to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples is released from jail with a warning, but will she heed it? also tonight, sabotage at sea: who we caught stopping a boat load of desperate refugees, including children, from reaching safety. the pope makes it easier to get an annulment. and, opening night for stephen inlbert. is he nervous? >> if i don't get a little bit nervous, then i'm not trying. i should be sweating a little bit by the time it's over. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> o'donnell: good evening, scott is on assignment. i'm norah o'donnell. and this is our western edition. few americans had ever heard of rowan county, kentucky, much
less the county clerk, until she deified court orders to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. today, the federal judge who sent kim davis to jail for five days set her free, but he warned her not to interfere with her deputies as they issue those licenses. what will she do? jericka duncan is in grayson, kentucky. >> would you please help me welcome to the stage kim davis. ♪ >> reporter: a crowd more than 3,000 strong waited to hear these words-- ( cheers and applause ) >> thank you all so much. i just want to give god the glory. ( cheers and applause ) his people have rallied and you are a strong people! ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: at times, kim davis' release resembled a campaign rally... >> same-sex marriage under attack in america. >> reporter: ...complete with
g.o.p. presidential candidate mike huckabee. he offered to spend the next eight years in jail to defend religious liberty. >> but if you have to put someone in jail, i volunteer to go. let me go. >> reporter: davis plans to return to work this week with the same dilemma she left. her deputy clerks have been issuing marriage licenses in her absence. her attorney, mat staver: >> the court order did not resolve the underlying issue, and that issue is kim davis has asked for a very simple accommodation: remove her name and her authority from the marriage certificates. >> reporter: democrat governor steve beshear has been heavily criticized since davis was incarcerated. he had this to say today during a radio interview. >> reporter: there was also heother voice represented in this crowd.
>> i think that people like kim davis should just do her job. >> reporter: when asked if going to jail was worth it, kim davis' response, just like her actions, said it all. >> reporter: it was worth it, yes or no? >> reporter: tonight, there are still questions lingering about whether those marriage licenses issued by deputy clerks are valid. norah, we spoke with the attorney general for kentucky, and he says he believes they are. >> o'donnell: all right, jericka, thank you so much. there is break news. let's get right to the late details. >> reporter: i'm carter evans in los angeles. there is been an emergency on the runway in mccarran airport in las vegas. a plane caught fire, british airways flight 2276 with 139 people and 13 crew members aboard. smoke bill load from the fuselage, the cause of the fire
is under investigation. the witnesses say they saw people running from the plane with smoke billowing from the left engine. we know the boeing 777-200 was about to take off, bound for london. everyone was forced to evacuate on emergency slides. there are reports that passengers were running fast and it looked as if everyone was leaving the plane at once. the fire was quickly extinguished and everyone survived. two people were transported to the hospital with minor first. british airways released a statement referring to the incident as a technical issue with the aircraft, for the latest, tune in to digital network cbsn. tonight, holly williams has a remarkable story of a migrant family's quest for a new life in europe. they are among many thousands who have attempted the long and dangerous trip by land and by sea. today, their voyage nearly ended in tragedy when they were sabotaged by boats from greece. >> reporter: just off the
turkish coast this morning, 40 syrians were crammed on a rubber dinghy, desperate to reach europe. on board was tanya ibrahim, a high school art teacher from aleppo; her three-year-old son, mohammed jan; and her husband, abdeqaden, who filmed their dangerous journey. we first met them in turkey before they set out. they fled syria two years ago after their home was bombed, but they told us there's no regular work for syrians in turkey, so they borrowed $2,000 to pay a smuggler. wi you know how to swim? >> no. >> no. >> reporter: why have you decided to take such a big risk? "we can't live in syria, and we can't live here," tanya told us. "for the sake of our son, we need to leave."
the family gave us permission to follow them as they tried to reach greece. so far, they've had good luck. the water is fairly calm today, but the boat is overcrowded, and the greek coastline is still thatnd five miles in that directio direction. but just after that, an unmarked speedboat arrived from greek waters. abdeqaden told us there were five men dressed in black who pointed guns at the syrians, so he hid his camera. >> ( screaming ) >> reporter: the men then cut the fuel supply to their motor, leaving terrified men, women and children adrift in the open sea. we saw them do the same to five other boats. eventually, the turkish coast guard came to the rescue, and we helped tow the boat to safety. cenya and her family didn't make
it to greece today, but they're still alive and told us they'll try again as many times as it takes to reach europe. >> o'donnell: holly, incredible reporting. do we know, was it the greek coast guard that interfered? >> reporter: well, norah, we contacted the greek coast guard, and they didn't admit that their men did this, but they wouldn't deny it, either. we've been told, though, of several similar incidents in which the greek coast guard allegedly sabotaged refugees' boats to prevent them from reaching europe and endangering the refugees' lives in doing so. >> o'donnell: this will have big implications. holly williams on the turkish coast. thank you, holly. president obama reached a milestone today. he's down to his final 500 days in office. hillary clinton, who hopes to succeed him, has another number to worry about. a new poll of democratic voters shows her support has fallen ten points in the past month to 42%.
vice president joe biden, who is not even in the race, is up ten points, followed closely by senator bernie sanders. nancy cordes is in salem, new hampshire. nancy, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, norah. ked those numbers likely have a lot to do with a major about- face by clinton today, who said, for the first time, she's sorry for using a private e-mail rvdress and private server as secretary of state. >> that was a mistake. i'm sorry about that. i take responsibility. >> reporter: those comments to c c news marked a shift for clinton, who just yesterday told the a.p.: but with her poll numbers falling, clinton is looking to turn the page and to lighten things up. she taped an interview with ellen degeneres today and will hit the "the today show" next. campaign officials say they are recalibrating, looking for ways to showcase her humor and heart. they are trying to match the
exuberance surrounding bernie sanders, whose progressive message has thrilled many democrats who don't seem to mind that he calls himself a socialist. >> people are saying, "you know, he's right. maybe we do have to deal with income and wealth inequality." >> reporter: it all has to do with a presidential race that isn't playing out the way anyone thought it would, with two non- politicians-- donald trump and ben carson-- eating into support for former g.o.p. favorites... >> i want to flatten the tax code. >> reporter: ...like florida senator marco rubio. we caught up with him in keene, new hampshire, today. there's clearly an anti- establishment mood out there. how do you convince voters that your kind of experience matters? >> well, first of all, i had to fight the establishment. i wouldn't even be here today if o was because of the establishment. they didn't support me in the senate race, and they're not supporting me in my presidential race. that being said, i do think the next president needs to be someone who has real solutions. >> reporter: he and others are trying to convince voters that they, too, have a claim to outsider status and that they get that washington is broken.
that is a message that plays well here in new hampshire, norah, where nearly three in ten republicans now say they're supporting trump for president. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy cordes there in new hampshire. thank you. the city of baltimore reached a eentative settlement today with the family of freddie gray, the black man mortally injured in april while in police custody. if approved, they'll receive nearly $6.5 million. that is more than the city paid to settle 102 other recent police conduct cases combined. pope francis is making it faster, simpler and far less expensive for catholics to annul their marriages. more on that now from elaine quijano. >> reporter: in 2007, cylvia, who didn't want her last name used, tried seeking an annulment, a decree by a catholic church tribunal that her marriage was invalid. it took three years. did you struggle at times through the annulment process? >> oh, yes. definitely, yeah. i-- i-- i think that anyone going through this process would
struggle. it is not an easy decision. >> reporter: under the new rules announced today by pope francis, couples will only need one judgment, not two, from a church tribunal, and local bishops will now have a fast-track procedure to decide straightforward cases. the pope said he made the decision so "the heart of the faithful may not be oppressed imr a long time by the darkness of doubt." the pope's decision comes just weeks before his visit to the u.s. candida moss teaches theology at notre dame. >> this is something that has a really big impact in the lives of american catholics, so he's really addressing a particularly catholic issue and one that affects women before he comes to the united states. you might say that he's sort of clearing the debris out of his ath as he prepares his journey here. >> reporter: in 2012, nearly delf of all catholic annulment requests worldwide came from the united states. cylvia believes the pope's decision sends a welcoming message. >> i know a lot of people who
fell away from the church because of this very issue, and to me it's just sad because it didn't need to happen. so now, with this new ruling, i foresee a nice spiritual revival that i hope will happen. >> reporter: the pope also called for eliminating annulment fees. norah, his decision does not change church teaching that marriage is the permanent union between a man and a woman. >> o'donnell: all right, elaine, thank you very much. in many parts of america today it felt more like july than september. the temperatures reached triple- digits in california, arizona and texas. and records fell in the northeast-- 88 in the mountains of pennsylvania, 96 in boston, and 97 here in new york city. not exactly tennis weather, though it's fitting perhaps as the hottest rivalry in tennis is renewed tonight at the u.s. open in new york. michelle miller reports on the showdown between sisters.
>> reporter: 14 years ago today, serena and venus williams faced off in the u.s. open final for the first time, a dream sibling match-up the younger sister predicted when she was still in braces. >> if you want to be the best that you want to do at your own sport, then you have to prepare for this type of tension. lauseers and applause ) >> the champion of the 2001 united states open, venus williams. >> reporter: then, venus was on top; now, serena's the top seed and vying for the sport's grand slam to win all four major tournaments in one year. the person standing in her way? >> no one's out to be a spoiler, but, at the same time, you're focused on winning your match even though the circumstances are really much different than usual. in for me, the only player in the draw i don't want to play, not only because she's my sister, but because for me she's the best player. >> reporter: serena has won 15
of their 26 matches, but the elder williams has beaten her sister more than any other player in this tournament. tennis legend billie jean king has followed their entire career. bat would be better for women's tennis, a serena win or a venus win? >> oh! i don't know. i think either way would be unbelievable. you would have a spoiler in venus if she wins, like, "sis, i kept you from getting all four majors in the same year." or, what's great for the sport ha occasionally having someone like serena that wins all four majors. >> reporter: the williams sisters hold 28 major titles between them, but, norah, if serena wins this year's u.s. open, she will also tie steffi graf's record of 22 major singles wins. >> o'donnell: michelle miller, very exciting, indeed. thank you so much. ank right, some of the biggest swings in new york have been on wall street. today, the market rallied. the dow soared 390 points, more than wiping out friday's losses.
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has, indeed, made it to broadway. will you greet the guests before they come on stage? >> yeah. >> reporter: some hosts don't. >> no, some hosts don't. i got in the habit of doing it at the old show because i wanted to say, "hey, the guy you're about to meet is a complete idiot. and you know, he's a well- intentioned poorly informed high-status idiot." >> reporter: the "poorly informed, high-status idiot" stephen colbert is referring to is the character "stephen colbert" he played for ten years on comedy central's "the colbert report." that character was a caricature of a blowhard conservative pundit. >> there is one firework that will never be too dangerous for texas. this kind. ( laughter ) it is i guess flattering that people thought i was an actual pundit or a newsman eventually over the years, but it's really nice to not have to pretend it anymore. >> reporter: so, what's the goal with the new show? >> the goal is have fun with my friends, and, you know, that
yoans sometimes talking about things that you care about. >> reporter: what stephen colbert cares about will be even clearer on the new show. he'll be doing 200 of them each year. how soon, once it starts, are llu totally in it? do you lose-- >> seconds, seconds, yeah, seconds. first joke, how about that? the first joke. >> reporter: right. >> first laugh. first laugh. because that's drug right there. >> o'donnell: and you know there will be a lot of laughs. you can see colbert's "late show" debut tonight right after your late local news here on cbs. and that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm norah o'donnell, and i'll see you first thing tomorrow on "cbs this morning." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
new at 6:00 a plan to slash the amount of petroleum we use in half. the battle involving lawmakers and celebrities at the state capital. >> the bay area sweltering even at the beaches. how long the september heat wave will last. >> a jetliner catches fire as it takes off from las vegas. how passengers escaped the flames. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is a big week at the state capital one that could change how we live our lives. the issue climate change. the plan cutting the amount of petroleum including gasoline we use in half. len ramirez looks at the goal and reality. >> reporter: on a hot day like today in silicon valley you can see the smog over the valley.
you can see the motivation to cut greenhouse gas emissions. if governor jerry brown wants to push them beyond their comfort level, he is doing a good job on this. can californians really cut petroleum use by 50% in the next 15 years? >> not a chance. >> reporter: nick doesn't drive a gas guzzler but thinks the governor's plan needs to get real. >> i enjoy my weekend and traveling. i'm not cutting down. >> reporter: lawmakers in sacramento are debating sb350 a sweeping measure to reduce greenhouse gases. it's a priority for governor jerry brown and the subject of intense lobbying on both sides. oil companies are trying to shoot it down while hollywood "a" list celebrities like halle berry support it. it's meeting resistance from republicans who say it will drive up fuel cost and increase taxes for road repairs. >> california is already a leader when it comes to ab32